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Lower Putah Creek Watershed Restoration Planning

In fall, 2015, the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee applied for a highly-competitive Proposition 1 planning grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Watershed Restoration Grant Program. The grant proposal was awarded funding in January, 2016 and a contract for the project was in place by mid-September, 2016 (CDFW Watershed Restoration Grant Program Grant # P1696004). The project has a significant public outreach and engagement component so that future habitat enhancement projects on Lower Putah Creek are not only scienfically sound but understood and supported by stakeholders. 

PROJECT GOAL

The goal of this planning grant is to develop a prioritized list of habitat enhancement projects for Lower Putah Creek that are scientifically sound and community supported.

This planning project will develop conceptual habitat restoration plans and baseline geomorphic, hydrologic, soils, and biological assessments for 30 miles (34 total project sites) of Lower Putah Creek from Monticello Dam to the Yolo Bypass, including the 17 sites identified in the Program Environmental Impact Report for the Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project – Upper Reach Program (SCH# 2015022022).  

The project will evaluate comparative costs and benefits among the 34 sites and make the science behind the conceptual plans understandable and available to stakeholders and the public. Stakeholders and the public will be able to reach consensus about the proposals for future projects to enhance channel form and function and improve habitat on 30 miles of Putah Creek impacted by gravel mining, channelization, vegetation removal for flood conveyance, and invasive weeds. 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

•    Thirty-four conceptual geomorphic restoration plans including erosion control assessments and estimated construction costs
•    Complete baseline fish and wildlife assessments for each of the 34 sites
•    Graphic models of the science underpinning the conceptual habitat restoration plans
•    Facilitated public meetings (up to 24) to review the conceptual plans
•    Graphic notes from the public meetings to summarize stakeholder interests and input
•    Detailed engineering plans, specifications, bid documents and necessary permits for three (3) priority project sites to be co-selected with CDFW 

PROJECT TASKS AND RESPONSIBLE PARTIES

Task 1 – Project Administration – Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee and Solano County Water Agency
Task 2 – Erosion and Channel Site Assessments, Planning and Conceptual Designs – Subcontractors Streamwise and U.C. Davis 
Task 3 – Community Outreach and Engagement – Subcontractors Putah Creek Council, City of Davis, Dennis Bowker Consulting, and Listen-Ink
Task 4 – Restoration Plans – Solano County Water Agency 
Task 5 – Fish and Wildlife Assessments and Monitoring – U.C. Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Task 6 – Performance Measurement – Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee

To learn more, and sign up to receive email notifications about this planning project, go to our Lower Putah Creek Restoration Planning page.